Abismo de Anhumas, 20km west of Bonito, is like a journey to Middle Earth. It’s a 72m abyss culminating in an underground lake, home to incredible stalactite formations.
Tours with this warm French-Venezuelan operation include garden-fresh meals, hiking through verdant forest and, of course, climbing a tree – usually a huge angelim or samaúma – for spectacular views. The owner-guide (noted photographer Leo Principe) is patient and knowledgeable, and uses a unique rope system that makes the 50m climb reasonably easy.
The number-one attraction, 8km from town, where you can snorkel in the ‘Reino Encantado’ (Enchanted Kingdom) or float leisurely along the ‘Rio Triste’ (Sad River). Nearby are some hidden caves (the guide will show you the way) complete with roosting bats and weird rock formations.
A nice agency working mainly with Pousada Passo do Lontra that has worked hard to maintain its excellent reputation. Caters for mid- to high-range budgets, but offers professional and reliable packages.
Travelers have an opportunity to take a locally run cooking course, Cook in Rio . Run by Simone Theisen, who was the head chef and creator of the restaurant Fogo Carioca (now a bar), Cook in Rio teaches aspiring chefs how to make some of Brazil’s most famous dishes.
Revel in the all-night excitement of Rio de Janeiro’s annual Carnival (Carnaval) parade, famous throughout Brazil – and the rest of the world – for its energetic samba dancers and flamboyant costumes! With a ticket to a numbered seat in Sector 9 of the Sambadrome (Sambodromo), you’ll have a great view of the samba schools as they show off their drummers, dancers and enormous p.
No visit to Rio de Janeiro is complete without experiencing the glamour and rhythm of a colorful samba show. Your entertaining evening at the Plataforma Show includes more than 30 brilliantly costumed dancers and musicians. This exciting mix of percussion, samba dance and capoeira (a Brazilian marital art and dance form) builds to a grand finale with a Carnival parade on stage.
Seven kilometers southeast of Bonito, this reserve is home to the Aquário Natural and the Trilha dos Animais. The half-day tour includes snorkeling in a beautiful natural spring with 30 varieties of fish and subaquatic vegetation, and then a short 900m flotation in the Rio Baía Bonita.